Human Resources

Priority access rentals & affordable housing near UW campuses

Hoping to live near work? UW Community Relations and UWHR work together to share housing opportunities that offer UW employees affordable housing opportunities and/or priority access.


Bridges@11th is a U-District apartment complex that gives priority access to faculty and staff working at the UW and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Designed to meet the housing needs of employees, the complex includes larger floorplans and other family-friendly touches like a rooftop p-patch garden and an on-site dog wash. It’s also a short walk from several grocery stores, entertainment options, and the University of Washington.

You’re eligible for priority access if you’re in an active, benefits-eligible position at UW that has a duration of nine months or longer. If no apartments are currently available, you can put your name on the priority waitlist. Thirty seven of the units are offered at reduced rates to employees who earn less that area’s median income. Contact Bridges@11th to learn if you qualify. Temporary employees and retirees aren’t eligible, but can apply for apartments if there aren’t other employees on the waitlist.

Radford Court

A good option for visiting scholars, post-docs, faculty, staff, and students with families, Radford Court is just ten minutes from campus. Find floor plans, amenities, and leasing office contact information online.

Mercy Magnuson Place – South

Studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartment homes are available near campus at Mercy Magnuson Place – South, which includes 148 energy-efficient, affordable apartments, with 108 of the units reserved for households earning no more than 60% of area of median income ($64,200 for a family of four). Mercy Housing, is a national nonprofit organization, is working to build a more humane world where poverty is alleviated, communities are healthy and all people can develop their full potential.

Red Cedar

Located near Harborview Medical Center and opening in summer of 2019, Red Cedar has 119 apartments in a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom units. A Seattle Housing Authority property, see the income criteria section of the Red Cedar flyer to see if you qualify.

More resources

The city of Seattle’s Office of Housing funds affordable workforce housing and may be able to help you find housing in Seattle.